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    The pills barely work in any event. If you ask your doctor about oxygen, s/he is likely not to give it to you. Lord knows why, but that's how it usually works. You need to insist on oxygen, and/or find a doctor that is competent enough to prescribe it. For a bunch of stuff that might be helpful, take a look at this file: https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/6213-basic-non-busting-information/
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    For basics, click on the blue "New Users..." banner at the top of any page. Rivea corymbosa seeds (in most places) are "over the counter" in the sense that they are legal to purchase and possess, yet are very effective busting agents. To discuss any of this further, you'd want to start a thread at one of the more private boards ("Share Your Busting Stories" would work, or "Theory and Implementation").
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    Vitamin d regime - side effects?

    Might not be any detriment. But . . . According to your NHS, "Diphenhydramine is also called by the brand names Histergan, Nytol Original, Nytol One-A-Night and Sleepeaze." https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/diphenhydramine/# Looks like maybe Tesco also sells it (??): https://www.drugs.com/uk/tesco-sleep-aid-25mg-tablets-leaflet.html
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    Vitamin d regime - side effects?

    You might look through this file to see if there are any other strategies that might help. https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/6213-basic-non-busting-information/
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    Vitamin d regime - side effects?

    Batch says that the average nmol/L for people who have been highly successful with D3 is 203.5, but the minimum that some successful people have had is around 85 nmol/L. That's a big range, but you seem to be in the ballpark. https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/1308-d3-regimen/ You should send Batch a message about the swollen knuckle. He is very generous about responding. His handle here is now xxx. So, click on the envelope icon on the top right side of the page, then put xxx in the "To" line. When you say you don't take any other medication for your CH, does that include not having oxygen? Many people who have a hard time sourcing MM use rivea corymbosa (RC) seeds. I think I might have read that they are now unlawful in the UK, but I feel like people were still finding ways of getting them.
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    Best breathing techniques with O2

    I think everything is well covered here. As I understand it, Batch's recommendation from 2017 is different from what he recommended in the 2011 post linked to by Siegfried. The 2017 one (which seems like it would seriously save O2) is here: https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/4919-batchs-hyperventilation-red-neck-bag/ Here's what I understand him to be saying. (1) For 30 seconds, hyperventilate using room air. That's ten three-second deep inhale/full exhale events, deeply inhaling and forcibly exhaling during three seconds each time. He says, "On the tenth exhalation, hold the squeeze/crunch until your breath makes a wheezing sound for at least 3 seconds... or until you stop wheezing." (2) Then inhale a big lungful of O2 and hold it for 30 seconds, exhaling with a crunch. (3) Then do another 30 seconds of hyperventilating with room air, followed by another inhale of O2 that is held for 30 seconds and exhaled with a crunch. Although he's describing this in relationship to the "red neck bag," I assume there's no reason to think he wouldn't recommend it with an O2 tank and mask. You'd want your lpm setting to correlate with the one minute between inhales of O2, which I would think would mean that you could use a lower lpm setting. You should read fully what he says here and at the other post. I just found it a little difficult to figure out the basics, which is why I summarized them here. He says in the 2011 post that you should stand up while doing this, leaning against a wall. Doesn't say that here, so I don't know whether he still thinks it important or no longer does.
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    Another sleepless night

    kat_', you might be making a wise and perfectly good decision about this. But do keep in mind that here and at other CH sites, people are there because things haven't worked for them. A few people have showed up here to say that Emgality, Aimovig, or some other medication of that type has helped them, but for the most part, people who find relief from something are not likely to be here, so the comments are skewed toward the negative, which might not represent the whole picture.
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    Nurtec medication?

    Nurtec is an abortive, Emgality and others are preventives. Nurtec's materials specifically say "Not for prevention."
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    First post here, and a more resilient cycle

    I guess it's late, but any chance of getting a prednisone taper for your trip? For most people it will stop attacks at least part of the time while you're on it. Seems like that would be safer than driving while aborting. It will also give the D3 more time to ramp up. It can take a while, weeks or even months, for D3 to get up to therapeutic levels. You seem like a wise and knowledgeable person, so the rest here is just in case . . . (and I might not have read carefully enough, so forgive me where I'm wrong) Batch has talked about not driving while taking those Benadryl doses. Maybe you're not significantly affected by them. If you decide not to take them while actually on the road, considering going with 50mg at night. You don't mention energy drinks/energy shots/coffee as you start on the O2. Maybe you are using them, or maybe you've had some kind of issue with them. I think you are surely aware that higher flow rates can be helpful for aborting. Even with your good O2 results in the past, you never know with CH. As you know, the issue is to be able to take full deep breaths and have the bag be full when you're ready for the next one. You can send a PM to Batch, and he'll almost certainly reply promptly. His username here isn't Batch anymore, it's xxx. Go to the envelope icon at the top of the page and type xxx into the "To" line. Don't tell him I sent you (inside joke).
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    Nurtec medication?

    Phantom, just a note that if there's a topic you're wondering about, you can search for it using the search bar at the top right of each page. I'm not saying that you shouldn't ask questions, but sometimes you can get a lot from a search, too.
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    Flunarizine can't be prescribed in the US (or Japan) because it seems to create "movement disorders" related to Parkinson's disease. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-37901-z There was a time when it was also banned or limited in the UK -- not sure whether that's still true. It does seem to be effective as a migraine treatment, but maybe not more effective than other calcium channel blockers with less risky side effects.
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    Vitamin B complex

    For treating your CH or as a defense (in his view) against coronavirus? He was big on the latter, so just checking.
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    Is it Cluster Headache - need help

    Acupuncture is almost always ineffective. I think a few people have benefited from it. WHY do neurologists keep finding reasons not to prescribe O2. It might be difficult to get it approved by insurance, but with most private insurance companies that battle can be won, and sometimes there isn't even a battle. Medicare and Medicaid won't cover oxygen. Also, having a prescription allows you to pay the O2 provider out of pocket if that's a necessary way to go. If you read the post I linked you to, you'll see the answer to this question (which is yes, by using welding oxygen). Be sure you do the whole regimen, which is more than just high doses of D3. Yes (see the post I linked you to). Cold air can help. If it's cold outside, that's one way. Others inhale from an air conditioner or open freezer. If that helped you, O2 will be great for you.
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    Is it Cluster Headache - need help

    Here's some basic info about treating cluster headaches (it does sound like that's likely to be what you have). Among other things, there's a link in here to the D3 regimen, which the previous posters recommended (for good reason). You should start the D3 right away. https://clusterbusters.org/forums/topic/6213-basic-non-busting-information/ Check out the "Triggers" link, too. I have a slightly different view regarding the Topamax. Yes, it is not a first-line CH treatment. So, if you can get a revised set of prescriptions quickly (something like oxygen, a nasal or injected triptan, verapamil, and maybe a course of steroids), those (or something like them) are your best bet. You will also see in the post I linked you to some strategies for dealing with CH without prescription meds (energy shots or caffeine; "busting"; Benadryl; standing in very hot water; and some others). But there are some people who take Topamax without severe side effects, and it helps them. So if you are going to be without the better prescriptions for a while and the non-prescription methods aren't helping enough (D3, for example, can take several weeks to get to effective levels), I would consider taking the Topamax and seeing how it affects you. If you don't want to continue it, you can stop. Incidentally, if you want to look into posts on a topic, you can use the search bar at the top right of the page. You'll find lots of information that way.
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    Demand valves

    If 25lpm with a non-rebreather (NRB) mask is sufficient flow for you (sufficient that the bag is always full when you are ready to inhale using a fully effective breathing technique), there's no reason I can think of that your aborts would be faster using a demand valve. There are small "studies" claiming greater effectiveness for demand valves vs. NRBs, but in those studies the people using the NRBs had flow rates of 15lpm, which might just have been too low for them. (Average abort times for people using the demand valves in one study was 12 minutes. I don't think that means much, since everyone has different results from O2, but 12 minutes isn't super-fast.) I also have never seen how a demand valve would save any significant O2. With a non-rebreather mask, the O2 goes into the bag and you inhale it. All the demand valve does is to skip the bag part, so it seems to me that at the end of the abort you have inhaled very close to the same amount of O2, except possibly for some small leakage in an NRB system (or, conversely, getting a deeper inhale somehow from the DV might mean you'd use more O2 with the DV if abort times were the same). If you got faster aborts with the DV, it clearly would save some O2, but I am not confident that that would happen. That said, my daughter loves her demand valve system, in part because the mask is very cushy (not true with all DV systems) and I think maybe because she feels more in control in some way. She's had it for many years. Her aborts have not been faster with it, as far as I can tell. I'm not sure you can buy a DV valve from a supplier without a prescription. I don't think you can. The Ebay ones, when they appear, don't require a prescription.